Lions Club sought for Manitou, Westside

       A meeting for an expanded Manitou Springs Lions Club that would also serve the Westside will be held Tuesday, May 22 at the Westside International Restaurant, 1502 West Colorado Ave.
       The planned time is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m..
       “If you are interested in joining and being a part of the community services offered through Lions Clubs in the Lower Fountain Creek area, plan on attending,” reads a press release from Bob Selle, the Lions International governor for southeastern Colorado.
       A previous club, called the Old Colorado City Lions, dissolved last fall because of declining membership. In a follow-up interview, Selle described this as a national problem for all service organizations. The Manitou Springs Club itself only has nine members, so the hope is that an expanded area will help bring in new recruits, he explained.
       Lions International emphasizes help for people with vision needs - especially those in poverty - but a local club “has full autonomy on what it wants to do,” he said. “What we're looking for is people on the Westside who want to help the community.”
       Other ways Lions Clubs have helped out in different locales include scholarships, highway clean-ups, food drives or hearing aids. Lions meet as often as once a week or as little as once a month. Dues are about $75 per year, Selle said.
       An exact geographical area has not been defined, although the club's western boundary would likely be Manitou and the eastern boundary I-25, he said.
       For more information, call Selle at 347-2873.

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